There is a carefully constructed balance between Aurin and her friends Kenney and Fred. I look behind me as we walk toward the parking lot, gravel crunching and spraying beneath our eta. Aurin and Neila are venduhn in their developing relationship, but Kenney feels left out. Aurin has no intention of throwing off their established equilibrium.
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Shelves: ya I really liked the honesty of the characters and the "realness" of the teen voices in this novel. Kenney finds out that Aurin and Neila have kissed, and in typical teen fashion confronts Aurin in a round about - I know what you did - kind of way. The storyline of the difficulty between Aurin heats up and then drops off. Also Aurin and Kenney stop speaking after Kenney confronts Aurin.
At this point, I cheered as Aurin found her voice and stood up to her domineering and bossy friend. However, the author wrapped this conflict up quickly and neatly at the end. And everyone rides off into the sunset in the end. While I was happy for a happy ending in a YA book, for once.
This one was too neat for the issues it was tackling. In her author statement, Tea Benduhn writes that she wanted to depict teen love in an "uplifting" and "positive" way that spoke back to other, A gentle summer story about friendship and first love. In her author statement, Tea Benduhn writes that she wanted to depict teen love in an "uplifting" and "positive" way that spoke back to other, more frequent "tragic" depictions of gay kids in the South.
I think she succeeds here. Aurin the narrator and Neila yea! Near the end, there are also some touching moments between Aurin, Kenny her best friend , and Fred another close friend that resonate as they realize their relationships will have to change.
Not a fantastic book, but worth recommending. Also appropriate for middle as well as high school readers.